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Kerman travel guide & Bam

Located in southeastern Iran with almost 800,000 inhabitants, the city is situated on a sandy plain 1749 metres above sea level.Kerman city is the capital of Kerman province covering an area of 181,714 km². Kerman is the largest carpet producing and exporting center in Iran as well as a large producer of pistachios and dates on the world market. The province is rich in minerals, such as copper, coal, chromium, lead, zinc, uranium and aluminum, altough mining has remained on a small scale.

shazde garden, mahan

Kerman Province Attractions 

Kerman has always been an important center on the trans-Asian trade routes. Believed that it was founded in the early-3rd-century AD by Ardashir I, who was the founder of the Sassanian dynasty. From the 7th century Kerman was ruled in turn by the Arabs, Buyids, Seljuks, Turkmens and Mongols, and then until the Qajar dynasty by a further succession of invaders and regional despots. Kerman only gained its security under the central government in Tehran during the 19th century.
Kerman’s continuity was its commerce, the evidence of which can still be seen in the many caravanserais around the bazaar. As trade moved more to the sea in the 16th century, Kerman relied more on the production of carpets and pistachios.that is why the city is known as the city of green gold.

mahan nematollah vali

Shah Nematollah Shrine

The tomb of one of the most famous philosophers and Sufis of Iran, is located in Mahan. This building is a masterpiece of architecture from the last 6th centuries. It combines special architecture, a pleasant garden and mystical clarity. One of the most famous spaces in this complex is that of the isolation room. Chelleh Neshini in Sufi terms is a type of meditation, used for isolation and spiritual journeys. This complex has two entrance doors, small and large rooms, a monument, 4 tiled minarets, 2 porticos and 4 meters. The main core of this building is formed by the tomb with a beautiful dome. The oldest of them is the dome of a house where the safe of Shah Nematollah Vali is located and which relates to the Timurid dynasty. Most of the other buildings relate to the Safavid era with some additions to the Qajar dynasty.

Shazdeh garden (Bagh shazdeh)

The garden of the prince is located near the tomb of Shah Nematollah Vali in the city of Mahan (20 km from Kerman). One of the most remarkable characteristics of this garden is its location, Shazde garden located in the heart of the desert and is very well known for its design. During the Qajar period, a famous Yazdi architect, Nasser al-Dawlah, designed and built this garden next to Mahan's mansion. There are many fruit trees in the garden and in front of the manor there are swimming pools and fountains whose water comes from the Tigran river.

rayen citadel

Citadel of Rayen

This raw brick citadel is Located in south of Kerman and occupies an area of 2,000 m² and known as the largest raw brick building in the world after the citadel of Bam,this citadel looks similar to the citadel of Bam and is located at the top of a hill near Hazar mountain. The presence of this citadel is proof of the existence of the city of Râyen before Islam, and dates back to the Sassanid era. There were even older citadels in the area, which were destroyed after natural disasters over the centuries, however. Râyen Citadel is one of the fortresses of Governor Mirzâ Hossein Khân at the time of Nâder Shâh Afshâr and his son Mohammad ’Ali Khân. 

 

Ganj Ali Khan Complex 

Ganj Ali Khan Bath is one of the main elements of "Ganj Ali Khan" complex in Kerman, which was built in 1611 AD. Ganj ali Beyk, nicknamed Ganj ali Khan, was one of the rulers of Kerman during the reign of Shah Abbas I, who performed important civil works in Kerman. He created a large square in the middle of the city to host public promenades. This square, which is more than one hundred meters long and fifty meters wide, is surrounded on four sides by monuments such as a school (madrasa), a caravanserai, a public bath (Persian Hammam) ,a water storage and the city mint. This is an excellent collection of Safavid era civil works.

Ganj Ali Khan Bath Ganj Ali Khan Bathhouse, Kerman, Iran 

Bam Castle  

Located near the current city of Bam in Kerman province, the Bam castle, also known as Arg-e Bam (Bam Citadel) is the world's largest mud brick structure which served as the government center of old town of Bam. It is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site "Bam and its Cultural Landscape". The first construction of this huge citadel on the Silk Road probably dates back to the Achaemenid Era (sixth to fourth centuries BC) and was used until 1850.
On 26th Dec 2003, a severe earthquake struck the area and caused huge damage to the site.

The citadel is approximately 180,000 m2  and has walls of 2 to 7 m in height and 1815 m in length.
In the architecture of Bam ancient city, there are two distinct parts:

1) The castle or the government part located at the heart of the town within the inner walls, which includes a military fort, "Char Fasl" mansion, a barrack, a 40-meter deep well and a stall with a capacity of 200 horses.
2) The rural section surrounding the government section, which includes the main entrance to the city, the main route connecting the entrance to the fortress and the market along it, about 400 houses and public buildings such as a school, Bath and Gyms! 

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Bam Citadel